Sheila Mitchell, MBAInternational Development Consultant, Gulf Breeze, FL
Sheila Mitchell is an expert in strategic planning, operations, and program and personnel management in the international development arena. Her work represents a unique integration of public health and business skills. She has worked as a consultant for the World Health Organization, the World Bank and several other United Nations agencies, as well as governments and nonprofit organizations. She currently consults in nonprofit management and is an active volunteer disaster responder and instructor with the American Red Cross. She has served on advisory and governing boards for the Avahan Project of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, InsideNGO and several indigenous nongovernmental organization boards.
Early in her career, Mitchell was a clinical researcher for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she developed laboratory tests for HIV and an operational mobile laboratory for clinical support of patients who were suspected of having a Class 4 viral infection, such as Ebola or Lassa fever. Among numerous publications, Mitchell is the primary author of a laboratory manual for containment of highly infectious organisms.
Before joining the FHI 360 Board of Directors, Mitchell served in several high-level capacities at the organization. She was a member of the Executive Management Committee from 2009 to 2013, Acting Chief Operating Officer from 2009 to 2010, Senior Vice President from 2000 to 2009, and Director of Programs from 1987 to 1998.
Mitchell received a bachelor’s degree cum laude in microbiology from Ohio University and a Master of Business Administration in international management from George Mason University.
Mitchell joined the FHI 360 Board of Directors in 2014.